“My kid might have anxiety???”
This is the response 90% of parents have when they find themselves sitting on the couch in my therapy office seeking to gain insight into their child’s confusing and challenging behaviors.
Often they have viewed and approached their child’s mystifying actions through a behavioral lens, with a good dose of rewards, consequences and sticker charts, only to find that the behaviors not only stick around but intensify
It’s over graspable that oldsters don’t catch on to anxiety symptoms in youngsters, given the image most people produce once picturing a baby living with excessive stress and worry.
Close your eyes and do your best to call down a fast visual of an anxious kid. Does it look something like a rainboot clad preschooler hiding behind their mom’s leg on the first day of school?
Anxiety symptoms in youngsters aren’t that easy
Parents are usually shocked after I justify however their child’s ‘misbehaviors’ are a lot of accurately delineated as ‘distressed behaviors’.
This is thanks to the method our system responds once underneath stress. a child whose brain is in fight or flight appearance an entire heap sort of a disobedient child who won’t listen.
When our brain perceives we tend to underneath threat our body reacts within the same method as if we were really at risk.
This is anxiety.
Our amygdala (brain emotion center) is protecting us (as nature intended) through powerful survival instincts. However, when possible variables such as genetics, environment, physical health conditions, and temperament, create the conditions for an overactive amygdala, our brain struggles to discriminate real danger from perceived danger.
When our amygdala begins to work too hard and kick our nervous system into its stress response too often, we see survival instinct type behaviors in our kids.
Here are 10 anxiety symptoms in children that commonly baffle parents but are indicative of our bodies fight-flight-freeze response (and are proven by science).
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